Karnataka Elections 2018: Narendra Modi addressed his third rally in Bengaluru (File Photo)
With less than 10 days to go for the high-stakes elections in Karnataka, the BJP and the Congress have upped their campaign blitzkrieg. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team of star campaigners are holding rallies and campaigns across the state which will go to polls on May 12. PM Modi, who officially launched his Karnataka campaign on Tuesday, is holding 21 rallies before elections. He shared stage with BJP's prospective Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Tuesday
PM Modi addressed a rally in Kalaburag, while Congress President Rahul Gandhi was speaking in Bidar. PM Modi held rallies in Gulbarga, Ballari and Bengaluru as well and Rahul Gandhi held corner meetings with people in Aurad, Bhalki, Humnabad. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath too will campaign in Karnataka for the next three days and hold 11 public meetings.
Here are the highlights on the campaigning ahead of Karnataka assembly election 2018:
Yogi Adityanath says, "To remove Congress and install a patriotic party, I have come here."
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath speaking at the rally says, Congress is used to supporting 'jihadis'. BJP workers' murder prove that the congress supports terrorists.
Congress Has Made Bengaluru A "Valley Of Sin", Says PM Modi On His Third Rally
PM Modi arrived in Bengaluru for his third rally of the day. Talking about Bengaluru, he said the Congress government had ruined the reputation that was built by the city's youth and good samaritans.
PM Modi said that the people had made Bengaluru into a "Silicon Valley", but the Congress government had turned it into a "Valley of Sin".
He also said that from being called the "Garden City", Bengaluru had under Congress rule, become a :Garbage City".
PM Modi ended the rally saying "Sarkara Badlisi, BJP Gellisi" (Change the government and help the BJP win).
PM Modi said that Sonia Gandhi had promised a package of Rs 3,000 crores to Ballari, but had forgotten her promise.
He said that the cenre had introduced the Fasal Bima Yojana.
He said that the BJP had taken a "decision to give justice for OBCs", but that the Congress "went out of its way to oppose it".
PM Modi said that Congress had promised Dalit leader Mallikarjun Kharge as its chief ministerial candidate, but was "sidelined as soon as the elections were over".
PM Modi said that the BJP government gave India a Muslim President and a Dalit president as well.
He said that the Congress "thought BJP is a party for Brahmins."
PM Modi speaks in a rally in Ballari
PM Narendra Modi spoke in a rally at Karnataka's Ballari. In the rally, he said that the Congress' "last fort is also going to be demolished."
He said that the centre had put Hampi's picture on Rs 50 notes, while the Congress had said that only thieves had lived there.
PM Modi said that the Karnataka government is 'Sidda Rupaiya Sarkar'. He said that Karnataka is in debt.
He said that the "Rupaiya Sarkar" is distributing tickets. He said that the "Rupaiya government" in Karnataka has not been able to come up with a proper mining policy.
"Gabbar Singh Tax shut all businesses but you remain quite about your friend Amit Shah's son," Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi
"You made fun of me but you have still not answered my questions. Why you were you silent when Nirav Modi ran away? You did not answer about BS Yeddyurappa, who is a corrupt man and your chief minister candidate," Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi
"You talk about fighting corruption, but your Chief Minister candidate is BS Yeddyurappa", says Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi in Bidar
Last election, Congress said, 'vote for us, we'll make (Mallikarjun) Kharge the Chief Minister.' Did they not mislead you? They asked for votes in his name then they sidelined Kharge Ji. This is typically how Congress does their politics: PM Modi
After surgical strikes, our Army Chief was called a goon by the Congress. I want to ask you, in our country, has even an uneducated person committed the sin of calling our brave soldiers goons,: PM Modi
"After surgical strike, one newspaper said that Pakistan had to remove casualties on their side in trucks. This was the bravery our soldiers showed and the Congress party said 'Modi ji show us evidence of this'. Friends, do you need evidence," says PM Modi
I know that the Congress does not have the guts to speak the truth, but at least have the courage to stay silent. But they do what they have always done best - lie and manipulate: PM Modi in Kalaburagi
"When I talk about MSP for farmers, the Congress gets increasingly uncomfortable. After all what did they do with the Swaminathan Committee report? They tucked it away in the cupboard and forgot about it. It was the BJP that took that out and helped implement," says PM Modi
This election will define the future of Karnataka's youth, for Karnataka's farmers, for Karnataka's mothers. On May 12, press the lotus button, keeping in mind Karnataka's future, says PM Modi in Kalaburagi
Elections may come and go, but anger like this or an intention to change the government like this has not been seen before: PM Modi
PM Modi addresses rally in Kalaburagi, Karnataka
"By looking at the appearance of the crowd, it looks like you're ready to bear the heat but not the Congress party," PM says.
Here is what Rahul Gandhi's Karnataka campaign diary looks like today:
- 12:30 pm: Corner Meeting at Meeting Ground, Aurad
- 15:00 pm: Corner Meeting at Bheemanna Khandre Institute of Technology Ground, Bhalki
- 16:45 pm: Corner Meeting at Meeting Ground, Humnabad
- 19:15 pm: Corner Meeting at K.R.E. Pharmacy College Ground, Bidar